Headset on, keyboard ready. Hundreds of students from across the country were excited to play in the first Harrisburg University e-sports tournament.
“The ride here we were really hyped up, we were like talking strats here, and we got here and we see everybody that’s here, that’s a lot. There are teams, more than I thought, and now we’re nervous, but we’re shaking it out,” said Chilanda Cobb, Indiana Tech Student.
32 colleges are competing in the tournament, coming from as far as Washington, and traveling for hours to get to Harrisburg.
Teams will play against each other in League of Legends and Overwatch, and battle for a grand prize of $50,000.
Thousands of people are expected to come to Harrisburg for the two-day event. Harrisburg University took additional steps to increase security for the festival.
“Here at a university, security is always important, but for an event like today and tomorrow it’s even more important. So we wanted to to be visible and we wanted it to be substantial,” said Eric Darr, Harrisburg University President.